Archaeology - World Heritage Management

• The only World Heritage Management course in Ireland and one of the first of its kind in the world.

• A multidisciplinary programme. Lectures delivered by UCD staff and outside experts.

• Visit Ireland's most iconic World Heritage Site, Bru na Boinne.

Vision and Values Statement
The Graduate Diploma in World Heritage Management & Conservation is aimed at students who wish to develop their knowledge and skills to become highly competent managers of cultural and natural heritage sites and protected areas. The degree provides knowledge of world heritage management theory and practice, a range of skills in communication, interpretation and management strategies and an appreciation of the role of cultural and natural resources in contributing to wider environmental, social and economic goals. We value motivated students who show a commitment and enthusiasm for tackling conservation challenges and recognise their responsibility as global citizens. We aim to provide a learning environment that will encourage students to develop their capacity for critical thinking, problem solving, project management and teamwork. To this end the programme incorporates project work, research, case studies, workshops, role play and presentations as part of the teaching, learning and assessment strategies. The programme also includes site visits and field trips, which expose students to best practices in heritage management. The programme is multidisciplinary and strives to recognise the interlinkages in the management of cultural and natural heritages by removing dichotomy and taking a holistic approach. In doing so we welcome students from diverse backgrounds and offer the opportunity to develop skills and expertise needed to deal with heritage management and conservation as a whole.

Related Programmes
MSc World Heritage Management & Conservation FT
MSc World Heritage Management & Conservation PT

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Heritage Presentation & Interpretation ARCH40830
Research Project Skills ARCH40860
Heritage Marketing & Management ARCH41010
Conflict Resolution & Heritage ARCH41030
Heritage Management in Practice ARCH41220
Heritage Management Challenges ARCH41240
Nature & Culture: A bridge ARCH41250

Stage 1 - Option
Historic Urban Landscapes ARCH41080
Decolonising Ethnography ARCH41260
GIS, Cultural Heritage and Spatial Thinking ARCH41340
Culture, Heritage and Human Rights LAW42050

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to have a minimum of a lower second class honours degree or the international equivalent. However, in special circumstances, relevant work experience may be taken into account.

Applicants with diverse academic backgrounds including Archaeology, Architecture, Geography, Biology, Arts, Agriculture, Engineering and Economics will be considered.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Application dates

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
Grad Dip World Heritage Management FT (X139)

Duration: 1 Years
Attend: Full Time
Deadline: Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.




1 year full-time.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/20201 September

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Careers & Employability
Graduates are building successful careers in the inter-disciplinary field of heritage protection, management and research in Australia, Canada, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, England, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Uganda and the USA.

Employers include international organisations, national authorities and in the private sector. Graduates have secured positions in World Heritage properties, National Parks and Museums, in senior government positions and positions in education. Examples of roles graduates have obtained and sectors they work in include world heritage and protected area manager, heritage officer and education officer, positions in government, natural resources manager, consultancy firms and research and international conservation agencies.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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